Why flexibility matters


I love this probably apocryphal story about flexibility. There are times we get to resolutely stick in being right, that we can’t see any other perspective.


An armada of the US Navy was engaged in naval exercises off the coast of Canada when the following radio exchange as recorded:


#1 “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid danger of collision.”


#2 “Recommended that you divert your course 15 degrees to south to avoid danger of a collision.”


#1 “We repeat. Divert north now to avoid collision.”


#2 “Strongly recommend you divert south soonest possible to avoid mishap.”


#1 “This is the captain of the US Navy warship. I say again, divert your course with immediate effect.”


#2 “Copy. We say divert south now.”


#1 “This is the USS Enterprise. WE are an aircraft carrier of the US Navy. Divert your course NOW!”


#2 “We are a Canadian lighthouse. Your call!”

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